It’s a credit to a program when you’re surprised when it doesn’t win a title, and that’s the sort of run that the NC State men’s swimming program has been on lately. The Wolfpack has been the dominant force in the ACC, but I suppose that couldn’t last forever.
Over the weekend, Louisville just barely edged the Pack—by two points!—to end NC State’s six-year reign as ACC champions. The event came down to the final relay race, which NC State won to close the gap, but the Cardinals’ second-place finish was enough to maintain the small lead they had going in.
I suppose somebody else has to win this thing occasionally. The women’s team also finished second this year, to Virginia, which is led by former Braden Holloway assistant Todd DeSorbo. Holloway’s impact on ACC swimming has not been a minor one.